Today’s Photo of the Day comes from Disneyland Park and the majestic Sleeping Beauty Castle. I post this shot since I just upgraded to Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2, and this is the first shot I’ve edited using it. It is a pretty epic program, and a HUGE upgrade as compared to the original, with […]
Post Archive: Pop Century
Today’s Photo of the Day comes from Disney’s POP Century Resort. I took this shot very early in the morning on my walk from my room to the food court to grab some breakfast before heading out to EPCOT Center. As I was walking over, I saw the great morning light coming right at me. […]
Many photographers from the Disney community are either there already or on their way to Disney World this weekend to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort. Since most seem to be staying at Pop Century this trip (and most photography trips), it seemed appropriate to post a photo from there today. Hope they all […]
This particular shot was taken on the bridge that was meant to connect to the other Pop Century resort that was never completed. Instead when you cross the bridge you are met with a wall of bushes at the other end to help block the view of the unfinished hotel. I am positive that anyone who has been on that bridge before alone at night will agree that it can be very creepy. I setup my tripod and had planned to take multiple exposures to create an HDR image. Unfortunately it was not until I checked the photos after getting home that I realized I had set my camera wrong and the other exposures came out incorrect. (I now am sure to check this before I leave the location :)
This is a High Dynamic Range (HDR) photo. HDR is a technique of merging multiple exposures allowing you to be creative in the processing your photos. You can decide if that is good or not. There are some strong opinions on HDR to which I will avoid (chicken) in this post. First, I convert the photos to JPG and then import into Photomatix. Once in Photomatix, you have lots of options on the style of your merged photo. Personally, I tend to lean towards the more realistic look vs the “grunge” option available. Once processed in Photomatix, I save the file as JPG and open it in either CS4 or Canon Digital Photo Professional for some final tweaking, such as sharpness and saturation.